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IGRA is pleased to announce that it is expanding its activities in the Gush Dan area, with a series of lectures to be held at the Beit Shazar Library, 30 Yavne’eli Street, Givatayim.  The inaugural lecture, Lost Identity and Other Research Stories will be presented in Hebrew on 5 September, 2018/25 Elul 5778 at 19:30 by Attorney Rony Golan. In his lecture, Attorney Golan will discuss the discovery of the identity and family of an orphaned Holocaust survivor child and other exciting and emotional research stories that illustrate various aspects of genealogical research.

Attorney Rony Golan is a professional genealogist who has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years and is a lecturer in the Hebrew University Law Faculty, serving as legal advisor to the International Institute of Jewish Genealogy and the Paul Jacobi Center.

Beit Shazar is easily reached by public transportation from most parts of Gush Dan (buses 43, 55, 56, 57, 58, 64, 104, 168, 278, 472, 473, 477, to Aluf Sade/Korazin and a 10 minute walk from 33, 34, 39, and 63 to Haro’eh/Derech Rabin).  For those driving, there is a parking lot (free from 5 PM) on Korazin Street, opposite Beit Wolyn. Street parking is mostly restricted to local residents. Yavne’eli Street is one block parallel to and behind the shops on Herzog Street.

This lecture is free to all. Future lectures: Entrance fee NIS 20.  IGRA members enter for free.

In the current release of databases we have five new databases and additional material added in four others. These databases cover a time span from 1916 to 1963 and include areas of the country from the north to the south. Please check out our promo for this database release.

Rehovot Nufus (Census) 1916 – (images) – material from the Israel State Archives

This database is in handwritten Hebrew. The information is presented according to families. There is a “head” and then a notation is made for the others in the family. The columns show the name, occupation, name of father, name of mother, year of birth and place of birth. You’ll notice in the above example that the birth year is listed as 1866 (on our summary), but when looking at the image we see the year 1282!

As the source of this information is the Nufus (a form of census) and we note the year, 1916 (during the Ottoman Period) we realize that this uses a different calendar. Steve Morse has a calendar converter that helps to quickly determine the date according to our current calendar.  


Safed Census 1931 – (images) material from the Israel State Archives

This database is also on handwritten pages. The calendar is the one we use today. The columns of information are: Language spoken, occupation, can they write, name, place of birth, age and nationality. Most of this information has been included in our summary.


Voters’ List Knesset Israel 1936 – Tel Aviv – (images) material from the Historical Municipal Archives of Tel Aviv-Yaffo

In this release we include the last names beginning with the letters Mem, Nun, Samech, Ayin and Peh. The Information you may find could have the name, name of the father, gender, age, community and the address they reported.


Kefar Sava Local Council Elections 1939 – (images) material from the Israel State Archives

The information is more limited in this database but includes the name, street or name of the house and the city.


Jerusalem Heads of Households 1939 – (images) material is from the Matilde Tagger Collection and based on information at the Central Zionist Archives

Mathilde Tagger z”l worked on many, many projects. One of them was to pull together the Heads of Households from the 1939 Population Census in Jerusalem. The data is typed and includes name, father’s name, age, country lived in before coming to Israel, status (married, single, widow…), occupation, neighborhood and the pages to identify where the full family information can be located.


Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates – (images) material from the Israel State Archives

Additional marriage/divorce certificates have been added to this impressive database. As we have previously mentioned these certificates may be typed or handwritten. They have information about the bride and groom including names of the parents, their occupation and where they live; names of each of the partners, their residence, the community they belong to, their age and their occupation.


Immigrants 1945 – (images) material from the Israel State Archives

These lists represent people coming in to Israel with a Visa organized by the Aliyah Department of the Jewish Agency. The information included on the typed pages includes: the name and age, the country they came from, the kind of Visa issued, if they were going to family – their names and where they lived or if they were considered Youth Aliyah, going to a kibbutz or other arrangment. There are some additional comments.


“Operation on Eagles Wings”, November 1949 – (no images) material from the JDC Archives

The names of the individuals participating in this extraordinary Aliyah are available and there is information about where they came from, the camp they were in, and some identifying information. There is a link at the bottom of the page which will take you to the pages with much additional data.


1963 Telephone Directory – (images) material from the Library of Congress

Another updated file, bringing now the letters C, D and M. The phone book is in English and the available information includes the name, address and phone number and possibly more.


Can you volunteer?? With the heat of the summer, perhaps you are looking for something to do quietly at home for part of the day to get away from the heat. IGRA has projects in both English and Hebrew – and now some in French as well. Please join us in our efforts to make more of these records available to those involved in their family research. Contact us at: and let us know you’re willing to volunteer.


We are announcing the latest database release that has many important additions to the AID collection. Please check the preview for additional details about these databases.

IGRA is very proud of its participation in the process of digitizing and indexing the Montefiore Census records. Mathilde Tagger (z”l), Rose Feldman and Billie Stein spearheaded the efforts which began at the IGS and concluded at IGRA. They were joined by a group of volunteers who spent countless hours deciphering (a variety of script writing is found in the originals), transcribing, translating, researching (for instance occupations were mentioned that no longer exist or are now called by a different name) and finalizing the documents. The results are available on the website of The Montefiore  Endowment searchable in both Hebrew and English. IGRA is now announcing the availability to search this index on the AID search engine as well. This allows you to take advantage of our special soundex giving you spelling variations for each surname without having to input each variation on your own. The detail page (available to paid IGRA members) will give you the item number, locality and notes – and a link taking you directly to that item on the Montefiore Endowment website. Those who are registered on the IGRA website will see the name and the year of the census that this record refers to (1839, 1849, 1855, 1866 or 1875).

In addition to this amazing index this release has the following:

Voter List – Knesset Israel, Tel Aviv, (Tet – Lamed),1936: (images) More than 5,000 names have been added to this database. The data available includes the name of the father, the age of the voter, sex of the individual, the community they were affiliated with and where they lived at that time. This database is in Hebrew and is from the Historical Municipal Archives of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.

Voter Registry for the Holon Local Council, 1945: (images) This list of just over 3,000 names identifies those allowed to participate in the election for the Holon Local Council. There is an identification number specific for this election and the name of the person. This database is in Hebrew and from the Israel State Archives.

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates: (images) Almost 4,000 new additions to this special database. These certificates (not from the Rabbinut) have so much information available on each of the couple. You could learn where they are from, the names of their parents (and witnesses), their occupation, where they were living, their age and more. These are the closest we can offer of a vital record from this time period. The certificates are mostly in Hebrew and from the Israel State Archives.

Demobilization of Jewish Polish Soldiers in Eretz Israel, 1947: (images) These records are of those who were registered as immigrants having served in the Polish Army and was part of a larger collection of Jewish Soldiers in the Polish Army. The name and rank of each is listed. This database is in English and is from the Israel State Archives.

Telephone Directory, (the letter B), 1963: (images) This addition brings over 3,500 names that begin with the letter B. These are from the central region and give the address, City/neighborhood and phone number. This database is in English and originates from the Library of Congress.

As always, we are most grateful to all of our volunteers. Many have joined our ranks recently and we are always looking for additional help both in Hebrew and English. If databases aren’t your thing but you are able to volunteer other services to IGRA – please write to us at

A reminder – our indexes are available to all who are registered on the IGRA website as well as a selection of articles, recorded webinars and other resources. In order to receive full access to these and the complete details on our databases, one needs to have paid their 2018 membership dues (150 NIS/$45 per individual; 200 NIS/$60 per couple).

Today is the holiday of Tu B’Shvat where we celebrate trees…. and what better holiday could there be for genealogists? IGRA is bringing you additional databases today to help you grow your family trees. Good luck!

The databases we are releasing today can be previewed here. There are four databases in this update. Two are new to our collection and two are updates.

Voters’ List Knesset Israel, Tel Aviv – 1936 (letters Alef – Daled): (images) This is the first section of this Voters’ List. The information you may find includes the address, locality, age, gender, family name, first name, name of father, comment. The database is in Hebrew.

Immigrants Listed in the Aliyah Department, Haifa – 1943: (images) In addition to the name of the person you may find the locality, country of origin, an additional surname, date of immigration, age. The database is in Hebrew.

Operation on Eagles Wings – October, 1949: (no images) We are adding over 3,500 names to this unique database. The name and an ID number are included. Additional information may be available by following the link to the website of the JDC on each detail page. The names appear in English.

Telephone Directory, 1963 (letters G – H): (images) We continue to present the entries in the 1963 Telephone Directory in English. The information you may be able to see includes the phone number, address, locality (city), occupation and comments. Not all entries have identical information available.

We thank all of our dedicated volunteers without whom we could not continue to bring new searchable records to you. We are looking for people to join this volunteer team especially to work with the records in English. Knowledge of Excel is necessary. Please write to us at and we will get back to you!

Happy Tu B’Shvat – may you add many new “leaves” to your family tree and see it continue to grow with new family details.

(Remember that only paying members of IGRA are able to access the scans of the documents. Click here to join now.)



Many thanks are due to our dedicated volunteers who helped prepare the following databases. Please check out the slide presentation with a preview of what you can anticipate to find (in both English & Hebrew).

Aleppo Britot – Rabbi Dayan 1868-1945: (7,555) (no images) IGRA thanks Sarina Roffe for sharing this special database with us. Books were kept in Aleppo with information regarding the Brit Mila for the male infants in the years listed above. These records were kept by the Mohel – and during this period there were several. Additional information regarding this database can be found through this link on the SephardicGen website. The Hebrew date and general date are given. The database is in Hebrew.

Jewish Students in Palestine, 1916: (73) (no images) This file was found at the Central Zionist Archives. Those mentioned were Jewish Students being followed by the Turks. There are some comments in addition to the name of the student.

Americans in Palestine, 1929: (125) (images available) We thank Rabbi Gary Gans for sharing this file with us and allowing us to prepare the database and make it available to you. The information could be a letter or a list with possibly names of additional family members, an address and locality.

Voters for Municipal Council Petah Tikva, 1939: (6,952) (images available) This list is typed, in Hebrew and was located in the Israel State Archives. The information you can see, in most cases, is the name, age, street and if they have the qualifications to be elected as a member of the Council. This includes both males and females. You may find more than one family member at the address..

Operation “On Eagles Wings” – October, 1949: (4,983) (no images) We are adding close to 5,000 names to our collection of those who came to Israel from Yemen in 1949 in Operation “On Eagles Wings”. This project is done in conjunction with the JDC and each record has a link which will take you to the record on the JDC website.

1963 Telephone Directory Tel Aviv area – Letters I-J: (1287) (images available) Phone books can provide some interesting information about our families. In this phone book (in English) you may find an occupation in addition to the street address, phone number and locality. For our members looking at the page from the phone book, you might also be able to connect with additional family members.


Some reminders – when there are images connected with our databases, these images are only visible to paid members of IGRA. Our membership year is from January 1 to December 31 each year. If you have not yet renewed, following a short grace period, access will be denied to those images and additional member benefits. Those joining IGRA during December will enjoy membership through the end of 2018.

It is only possible to continue to bring additional databases with the help of volunteers. Many projects can be worked on one page at a time (about 40 lines). There are other ways you may be able to help as well. Please write to us at: to let us know you are ready to join in this incredible effort.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Festival of Lights and hope that you will find new information regarding your family.